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Bradoons under $40

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    Bradoons under $40

    Are there any companies that make sub 5" bradoons under $40 (ish)? I'm looking to try a few bits on a small headed pony who goes in a ~4.75". It seems like many of the economical bits like Korsteel don't size the rings down as the bits go down, or at least not enough. My thought was that a bradoon could be a good way to have smaller rings.

    Current bit is a french link D ring with cute little 2" Ds. Pony is a bit busy in the mouth. I'd like to pick up a few options to get a sense of whether this pony prefers stability or mobility in the cheek pieces and a solid, single, or double break in the mouthpiece. I don't know a soul with bits below 5" that I could borrow from and shipping tester bits seems like a hassle. At $40 ish I could just pick up a few to try out over time.

    Any leads?

    Of course, as the COTH caveats: recent vetting done, recent dental, did ulcergard as a preventative before shipping, etc. I do not think pony is afraid of the bit or in pain but I do think there may be a bit that would be a better fit.

    Ebay has several pony snaffles for well under $40. Descriptions aren't elaborate and ring size isn't stated, but you can get an idea from the pictures by comparing the stated width to the rings. To my eye, the rings look to have been appropriately downsized.
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      Seems obvious (and maybe you already tried it!) but try wrapping your current bit with sealtex or another type of lates bandage. Easy $10 experiment that will at least tell you if softer and slightly more stable will help. Might be worth a try?


        When I decided that I wanted to get back into riding with a double bridle I no longer owned horses. Since I ride horses of various sizes I knew I had to invest in the bits since lately I have not run into hunt seat stables with double bridles.

        I bought stainless steel single jointed bradoons from 4" wide and up, both loose ring and egg-butt, mostly through E-bay. These bits were often used, I managed to save money, and most were around $20.00 USD or so, but that was over a year ago. The Weymouth fixed cheek curb bits were slightly harder to find used, but on E-bay I averaged around $40 USD for the curb bits, though a few were more expensive.

        If I remember correctly I did have some problems finding a 4 3/4" eggbutt single-jointed bradoon, but there was a choice between lozenge and french link ones. The loose ring bradoons were more plentiful in size and mouth-pieces.

        Happy bit hunting!


          Try Just For Ponies. They list bits available by size and have a section of 4.75"


            Good luck, I was searching for 4.5 and 4.75 bradoon (or even non bradoon) bits other than your typical hunter pony snaffles that weren’t outrageously priced and it was difficult. Neue Schule probably has the biggest selection but not cheap. I have a cob sized large pony, fitting everything is a huge pain.